So, as I embark on the massive task of decorating my new place in San Francisco from scratch, I thought I'd chronicle it here on the blog. I'm hoping that 1. it'll keep me accountable to actually getting stuff done in a timely manner and 2. (hopefully) provide a bit of inspiration along the way.
Since my place is completely empty, save my bed, I thought it would be convenient to paint now rather than later. The downside is that I'll have to make sure my furniture works around my paint colors, not the other way around. But I think I can do it (hopefully I won't prove myself wrong.)
Since my Chicago home was so light and airy, I knew I wanted something warm and moody in SF. So, I've decided on gray - a fantastic neutral I just can't get enough of.
So, I took to Benjamin Moore and Farrow & Ball's sites the other weekend and started ordering samples of grays. I wanted a beige undertone (not too blue, green, or purple), and here's what I choose, clockwise from top left: BM Chelsea Gray, BM Silhouette, F&B Cornforth White, F&B Down Pipe, BM Bunny, BM Sweet Innocence, BM Graytint, BM Bear Creek, BM Stone Harbor, and BM Revere Pewter.
After testing them all on various walls in my home, (and staying very organized with labeled paint sponges along the way :) I have some clear favorites: Cornforth (my absolute favorite of all!), Chelsea Gray, Stone Harbor, and Revere Pewter. I had heard such good things about Down Pipe, and though I love it, it has too much of a green undertone for my aim. Oh well...someday in another home! Which are your faves from above?
I also took notes of what I'm thinking for each room - here's a look. Now, I have to find a white for all the molding. So, if any of you have some favorites, I'd love for you to leave them in the comment section below!
Hopefully, for next week's update, I'll have my white!